Advancing Integrated Psychiatric Treatment: Do psychiatrists lack training in solution-focused therapy?

Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Mental Health Advocate

These two videos provide some great insights into the current standards of psychiatric care in the U.S.

In the first video, Syracuse psychiatrist Mantosh Dewan is promoting what seems like a Cliff Notes version of explanations of psychotherapies for his peers to “quickly catch up” in order to provide patients solution-focused treatment.  He also states that biological psychiatry (treatment with medications) is somewhat easier than psychotherapy.

In the second video, author Dr. Julie Holland talks about her book Weekends at Bellevue.  She explains that she likes psychopharmacology better than psychotherapy because it is quicker and it better suits her personality as an impatient person.  Dr. Holland admits that just shooting people up with drugs is fast but does not fix the underlying problems.

Persons labeled with mental disorders face stigma, discrimination and marginalization.  They are in need of strong advocates who will advance best practice standards of care and prevent the current standard that is based on quick, easy and unethical standards of care.

Published on May 7, 2012
Mantosh J. Dewan, M.D., Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y., discusses his interest in providing integrated mental health treatment. An excellent way for clinicians to catch up on the latest psychotherapy techniques is to read “The Art and Science of Brief Psychotherapies” The book quickly reviews cognitive-behavior therapy, behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy and solution focused therapy. The book also comes with DVD that features leading experts who show you how each therapy is effectively executed. The book can be purchased here,….

Uploaded on Oct 8, 2009
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Dr. Julie Holland talks about her work as the doctor in charge of Bellevue’s psychiatric emergency room in her new memoir, Weekends at Bellevue.

1 Comment

  1. I just wonder why a person would want to drug someone –when they must know that its not a natural way to be for anyone– and not a very comfortable way to be or feel. Aren’t we better than that, don’t we deserve to be natural– or as close to natural as possible, in our bodies and our minds. Let alone be nonchalant in burgeoning someone to be chemically effected indefinitely– even all the way to the grave. To me a troubled mind says “you have” it can be untroubled– fixed–look at you. mentally ill says,- “you are”– you’ll stay that way– look at me. Don’t all problems have a reason that explains– and an answer that reasons recovery. Don’t we all want to uncover the root of our concerns– and isn’t that what gives us the peace of mind we seek, a pill might be able to chemically- falsely ease those concerns/troubles, but that’s just like a leg brace or a crutch– a temporary aid– that’s how it should be, all it should be, for at least 90+%. “Stuck” in a bad, sad,troubled, uneasy thinking feeling place—people need answers– answers heal–answers are the solvent that cleans–cures–a pill is like a sealer that stops the spread- that’s all.

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